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Jakarta Post

Enough of the 'begpacker’: Jail time, fines await violators in Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Badung, Bali    /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /  10:13 am
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After learning from past experiences, authorities now say they are committed to enforcing the law, meaning begpackers will no longer be tolerated.(Courtesy of Angkasa Pura I/-)

A form of international backpacking called begpacking has become a rising trend among certain travelers, many of whom frequent popular tourist destinations in Asia, including Bali. However, living the lifestyle of a begpacker, a term that refers to someone who travels the world on a tight budget, asking others, often local residents, to help fund their journey, comes with consequences, authorities have warned.  “Our bylaw firmly regulates that begging on the street or in markets, public transportation, housing complexes and other public areas is prohibited. It is applies to everyone, including foreign nationals,” Badung Public Order Agency head I Gusti Agung Ketut Surya Negara told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Under Bylaw No. 7/2016 on public order and serenity, Bali’s Badung regency – home to popular tourist areas Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Nusa Du...